Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Day Two Preview
After nearly a clean sweep on Day 1 by Irish trainers and Irish connections, the British home team needs to start and make its mark – but it is going to be difficult.
Al Kazeem, the likely favourite for our feature race, the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (3.45) over 1m2f is, is a great chance for Beckhampton trainer Roger Charlton to get on the Group 1 winners’ board.
The son of Dubawi is a lightly raced sort and the improving five-year-old was a staying on last-time-out winner of his first Group 1 from Camelot in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.
That represents top class form and there appears to be no reason for Camelot to turn the tables, however judging by yesterday’s results, the O’Brien team is in superb form and this stiff 1m2f trip might just suit the Irish raider.
Red Cadeaux is a hugely admirable horse, always gives of his best, and at the current prices (20s in places) represents good each-way value.
Gale can blow away rivals
The opening Group 3 7f Jersey Stakes (2.30) for three-year-olds should get the O’Brien team off to a winning start.
Gale Force Ten put in a great effort to just be denied by Magician in the Irish 2000 Guineas and although that winner did not frank the form yesterday, this son of Oasis Dream is a consistent sort who finished second in the Norfolk Stakes last year.
Well Acquainted, trained by Clive Cox, is one to consider at a price.
Take your pick of the fillies
Chigun was supplemented for the mile Duke Of Cambridgeshire Stakes (3.05) by Lady Cecil’s team and holds every chance; Duntle has done little wrong in her career to date and holds the strongest form claims, while Thistle Bird looks to be an improving sort now that she has learnt to relax more in her races.
Pop to the paddock and pick out the filly who appeals the most on looks and who seems to be taking the busy race day in her stride.
Dream of a Royal Hunt Cup winner
The huge 30-runner field always creates an amazing spectacle over the straight mile course and finding the winner is never an easy task.
The pace of the race appears to be amongst the high numbers so although Premio Loco looks ready to win, is down to his lowest BHA mark since 2009 and a previous course and distance winner, might be disadvantaged from stall 2.
Excellent Guest was indeed an excellent winner here last time for trainer George Margarson, who loves targeting this big Ascot mile handicaps and he finished second with this horse in this last year. Unfortunately, the handicapper has put the son of Exceed And Excel up to his highest mark yet and may just have weighted him out of it.
One who looks nicely handicapped for this is Jamie Osborne’s Field Of Dream, who is back to 98 and is just a pound higher than when fourth in this race last year. He blew his chance in the stalls then, but went onto win over 7f at Ascot’s July meeting off a mark of 99. He has had to ply his trade off marks of over 100 since, while he has not worn blinkers for his last two runs. They are back on today.
Rizeena: can she make all to win the Queen Mary?
The winning filly needs to have speed to burn in the 5f Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes (5.00) and one who is aptly named is Fast from the Richard Hannon team.
She won her maiden on her first start by 7l on soft ground at Chepstow, a win that immediately had connections considering this race, while Bedale Memory is already a Listed winner and was bought by Qatar Racing after her first start. Tsk note though, hoth fillies have shown their form on softer, early season ground.
Rizeena is well regarded by the Clive Brittain camp and she built on her victory here in May (good to firm ground then) with a Listed success in the National Stakes at Sandown. She has raced prominently in both her successes and got the trip well, so jockey James Doyle, who is riding for the first time, can be confident that he can ride her in a similar way and keep her out of trouble in this large field of juveniles.
Go with the form factor for the Sandringham Stakes
Another fillies’ race rounds today off with the Listed mile Sandringham Handicap (5.35). Woodland Aria gets into this on a handy weight and based on her form – two runs ago in the Group 2 Musidora Stakes she finished third to subsequent Oaks fifth Liber Nauticus – will be the likely favourite.
Mango Diva’s chance is also best judged on subsequent performances by previous opponents. She was second in May’s Heron Stakes behind Montiridge, a Group 2 runner-up last autumn to Trading Leather. That one was third in this spring’s Irish 2000 Guineas, was a Listed winner earlier this month and now has the Irish Derby on his agenda.